This teen has accomplished the near impossible.
(45 can actually be nominated for a peace prize now since they are now nominating children with a twitter account. Come to think of it, maybe not toddlers though)
Sixteen-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday for her efforts to raise awareness about climate change in Sweden, HuffPost reports. “We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees,” Norwegian lawmaker Freddy André Øvstegård reportedly told a Norwegian news outlet. “Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace.” Thunberg reportedly started her efforts after Sweden had the hottest summer on record. She created the #FridaysForFuture movement, encouraging young people to skip school on Fridays to march for action on environmental problems. She also reportedly spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference late last year and World Economic Forum in January. “Honoured and very grateful for this nomination,” the teen tweeted on Thursday.
Don't everyone jump on me for being the dissenting voice, but I have my reservations about whether she really deserves the nomination, let alone receiving the award.
I'll be the first to say I have not read about her, nor her accomplishments, other than this post. In fact, I've never even heard of her.
She's nominated for raising awareness....let me say that again. She's nominated for raising awareness.
Who hasn't been aware of environmental concerns? I grew up in the 60's very aware of environmental concerns due to pollution because of activism going on then. I've actively recycled since the 80's. We've known about climate change since the 90's. A multitude of speakers have addressed the UN about climate change in the past 25 years. So what's so unique here?
I'm not seeing the contribution over and beyond what others have done...other than she is 16, and she is using social media as a platform to spread her message...which, btw, really isn't that unique. I mean Kylie Jenner used social media to promote her cosmetics and now she's the youngest billionaire ever.
I will say I applaud and respect what she is doing. She's a role model for younger generations. However, I'm not sure this is deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize.
Loved the joke at the top. but this little girl's hands are probably bigger than his.
Not sure why she qualifies, though? The NPP goes to the person who in the preceding year "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses"... Are you really telling me that this child has done more work than any other human being on the planet toward that end, without even addressing the actual issue of conflict?
Edit: She created a hashtag. . . Really?
Whoever nominated her is clearly seeking social clout and marketing. Better be careful, though, just like Trump, they may end up winning a vote that they never planned to win.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if, should she win, Greta declines to accept her prize, stating that she's simply doing what needs to be done rather than anything that deserves to be rewarded.
What an absolute hero she is, though. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea at all if we just sacked all leaders right now and put her in charge of everything instead.